Mission & Vision

Leading in Education

LM inspires students through an excellent, well-rounded educational experience in a nurturing environment.

Aim

To be a leader in Prek-12 educational experiences of excellence and character.

Mission

Lancaster Mennonite School provides PreK-12 education in a diverse community that nurtures students to become creative and innovative learners who are prepared for college, career and life. Centered in Christ and committed to educational excellence, students are empowered to change the world through Christ-like love, peacemaking and service.

Purpose

To change our world through innovative Christ-centered education.

Vision

LMS will be a leader in PreK-12 educational experiences of excellence and character. Through local and global connections in a Christ-centered community lives will be transformed and our world changed.

GRADUATE PROFILE

Lancaster Mennonite School is a comprehensive PreK-12 school that prepares graduates for lifelong learning. The Christ-centered educational process develops the gifts of each student to live as a global citizen. It is expected that a graduate of LMS is a person who:

Academic

  • Infuses a Christ-centered faith into learning and understanding
  • Has a love for learning and has developed skills that enable him/her to be a lifelong learner with the ability to solve problems, think critically, and to work collaboratively with others
  • Exhibits competency in basic subject matter, possesses knowledge in the academic disciplines, the arts and workforce skills
  • Communicates effectively through speaking, writing and listening
  • Incorporates technology appropriately and has the skills to analyze and manage information
  • Has the knowledge and skills for success in his/her personal life, management of money, relationships, and self-understanding
  • Has a love for God’s creation and its diversity in the natural environment and peoples

Spiritual

  • Is growing in relationship to Jesus Christ and a faith community
  • Has a faith centered in Jesus Christ as the final revelation of God
  • Is biblically literate, values and accepts the authority of Scripture, knows the history of the universal Christian church and the Anabaptist heritage and is able to bring these into discernment of faith questions
  • Lives a life of discernment, spiritual growth and the discovery and development of gifts, by asking questions and seeking answers, through the practice of spiritual disciplines, the counsel of other Christians and the church
  • Knows he/she is loved by God and shares this love with others by word and deed
  • Cultivates a worldview informed by Christian Anabaptist teaching

Lifestyle

  • Practices global awareness, cultural sensitivity and humility, respect, an anti-racist lifestyle and compassionate living
  • Practices stewardship of all God has entrusted to him/her, including the natural environment, and is generous in giving of time and money to bless and serve others
  • Shows commitment to forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation and non-violent resolution of conflict, and respects all human life
  • Participates and is accountable in the life of a church community
  • Maintains healthy relationships with others in family, church, workplace and community
  • Practices wellness of body, mind and spirit
  • Practices a balanced ethic of work, service and leisure
  • Lives with a sense of curiosity, wonder and mystery

The graduate profile is developed within the framework of Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective that gives definition to the theological phrases in this profile.

PHILOSOPHY

As a leading Christian school, Lancaster Mennonite School offers a comprehensive PreK-12 program designed to educate the whole person. The school warmly welcomes students and families desiring an education in a learning community shaped by the following distinctives: Christ-centered, educational excellence, peace and service, community, and faith-infused opportunities.

Lancaster Mennonite School promotes excellence in a student-centered environment that is age and ability-appropriate and builds skills not only for further education but also for lifelong learning. Teachers provide academic support and challenge while guiding and encouraging students to develop their gifts and discover their calling. The faith-infused educational program nurtures students’ spiritual life, curiosity, character and sense of responsibility. The school values teachers who invite students to transformational growth within the context of the local, national and global communities.

A diverse, multicultural environment that is welcoming, safe, trusting and respectful is an important component of the educational process. Lancaster Mennonite calls each student to personal faith and practices that value peacemaking and service. The school partners with the family and their congregation, Mennonite Church USA, other denominations and the wider community to transform students to change our world.

RESTORATIVE DISCIPLINE

Lancaster Mennonite School is committed to a restorative rather than punitive approach to discipline which includes counseling, apologies, prayer, reconciliation and parental involvement. Restorative discipline is based on a motivation of love to help each child become conformed to the image of Jesus. However, student choices determine consequences, positive or negative, and we believe that students must accept responsibility for their behavior.

Restorative Discipline Explained by Miles Yoder